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Spring 2014-2015
WWS 351 / SOC 353 / COS 351 (SA)   na, npdf

Information Technology and Public Policy

Paul J. DiMaggio
Edward W. Felten

New technologies have changed the way we communicate with each other and learn about our world. They have also raised public policy dilemmas in every area they touch: communications, regulation, privacy, national security, intellectual property and many others. This course is predicated on the belief that we can only productively address the social and policy dimensions of the Internet if we understand the technology behind the Internet; the social-science concepts and research that illuminate the likely effects of policy options; and tradeoffs among fundamental values that different policy options imply.

Sample reading list:
Lessig, L., Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace
DeNardis, L., The Emerging Field of Internet Governance
Raymond, E., The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Jones, D. & Simons, B., Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?
Presidents Review Group on Intelligence & Comm. Technol, Liberty & Securityin A Changing World
DiMaggio, et al., "Digital Inequality"
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
There will be a wide range of assignments, including individual assignments and team projects.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 20%
Final Exam - 40%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 30%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Prerequisites and Restrictions:
Students should have some background in either technology (computer science, engineering) or the social sciences (especially economics, politics, and sociology)..

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
40739 L01 10:00 am - 10:50 am M W   Robertson Hall   002   Enrolled:62 Limit:70
43814 P01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm W   Sherrerd Hall   306   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
43815 P02 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:11 Limit:15
43816 P03 9:00 am - 9:50 am Th   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:8 Limit:15
43817 P04 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm Th   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:15 Limit:15 Closed
43818 P05 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   Robertson Hall   012   Enrolled:14 Limit:15
43215 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled